Family values refers to a set of common beliefs held by those who believe the family is the cornerstone of society. It is a phrase most often associated with American conservatives.
Family values often overlap with conservative or small town values and include:
- Strong emphasis on the sanctity of marriage
- Opposition to homosexual indoctrination
- Pro-life beliefs
- Belief in the importance of religion and prayer in everyday life
- An emphasis on truth and humility
- An emphasis on hard-work and strong personal character
- An emphasis on personal responsibility
- Belief that parents, and not government, know what is best for their children
- Emphasis on self reliance, as opposed to government handouts
- Respect for historical precedence and longstanding values
Those who do not agree with these family values sometimes mock those who hold them, even going so far as to call values-holders racist or rednecks.